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OBGYN Shelf Exam Board Review Topics Covered:

  • GYN-Ovarian Neoplasms
  • Family Planning
  • GYN-Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
  • OB-Postpartum Care
  • OB-Induction of Labor
  • OB-Multifetal Gestation
  • OB-Diabetes
  • Endocrinology
  • OB-Hypertensive Disorders
  • OB-Prenatal Diagnosis and Care
  • Invasive Neoplasias
  • Congenital Abnormalities
  • Basic Science
  • GYN-PID
  • Co-Existing Psychiatric Conditions
  • Endometriosis
  • GYN- Pelvic Pain
  • Ultrasound and Imaging
  • OB- Preterm Labor
  • Vulvar Disorders
  • OB-Infections
  • Primary Care-Amenorrhea
  • GYN-Abnormal Cytology
  • Osteoporosis
  • Ethics
  • GYN-Major Surgeries
  • Fetal Assessment
  • GYN-Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Postoperative Care
  • OB-Intrapartum Care
  • GYN-Emergency Care
  • Minor Surgeries/Hysteroscopy
  • Benign Breast
  • Fertility
  • GYN-Ectopic Pregnancy
  • Primary Care - Lifestyle Modification
  • GYN-Benign Conditions
  • OB-Preconception
  • OB-Pregnancy Loss
  • GYN-Trophoblastic Disease
  • Other-Genetics
  • Primary Care-Menopause and Perimenopause
  • GYN-Urinary and Fecal Incontinence
  • OB-Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disorders
  • OB-Antepartum Care
  • Primary Care-Preventive Care

About the NBME Obstetrics & Gynecology Shelf Exam (Subject Exam)

As outlined by the NBME, the Subject Exams are designed to provide institutions with effective evaluation tools and useful examinee performance data that can be compared with a large representative group of examinees at the same stage of training.

What content is covered on the OBGYN Shelf Exam?

According to the NBME Clinical Science: OBGYN content outline, the following topics are covered on the exam:

System

  • General Principles, Including Normal Age-Related Findings and Care of the Well Patient 1%–5%
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth, & the Puerperium 40%–45%
    • Preconception counseling and care
    • Prenatal risk assessment/prevent
    • Supervision of normal pregnancy
    • Obstetric complications
    • Labor and delivery
    • Puerperium, including complications
    • Newborn (birth to 4 weeks of age)
    • Congenital disorders, neonatal
    • Adverse effects of drugs on pregnancy, childbirth, and the puerperium
    • Systemic disorders affecting pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the puerperium
  • Female Reproductive System & Breast 40%–45%
    • Normal processes, female function (eg, ovulation, menstrual cycle, puberty)
    • Breast: infectious, immunologic, and inflammatory disorders
    • Neoplasms of breast
    • Female reproductive: infectious, Immunologic, and inflammatory disorders
    • Neoplasms of cervix, ovary, uterus, vagina, and vulva
    • Fertility and infertility
    • Menopause
    • Menstrual and endocrine disorders
    • Sexual dysfunction
    • Traumatic and mechanical disorders
    • Congenital disorders
    • Adverse effects of drugs on the female reproductive system and breast *Endocrine System 1%–5%
  • Other Systems, including Multisystem Processes & Disorders 5%–10%
  • Social Sciences 1%–5%
    • Communication and interpersonal skills
    • Medical ethics and jurisprudence

Physician Task

  • Applying Foundational Science Concepts 8%–12%
  • Diagnosis: Knowledge Pertaining to History, Exam, Diagnostic Studies, & Patient Outcomes 45%–50%
  • Health Maintenance, Pharmacotherapy, Intervention & Management 13%–17%
  • Pharmacotherapy, Intervention & Management 20%–25%

What question formats are on the OBGYN Shelf Exam?

As outlined in the NBME Guide to the Subject Examination Program, the following question formats will be on the exam:

Application of Knowledge

This exam will have an increased emphasis on the application of knowledge instead of the recall of isolated facts.

Vignettes

Questions are framed in the context of clinical vignettes.

Single-best-answer (A-type)

This is the most widely used MCQ format. Each question is comprised of a focused item stem (e.g., a clinical vignette) and a lead-in question, followed by a series of options with one correct answer for each item.

Extended Matching (R-type)

These questions are organized into sets that use one list of options for all items in the set. Examinees must select one best answer.

OBGYN Shelf Exam Prep and Readiness

During the later years of Medical School, clinical clerkship exams are given to ascertain readiness in certain areas such as Obstetrics and Gynecology. OBGYN is a module that is required by many programs that participate in NBME testing.

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